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Post by havoc802 on Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:25 pm

Since we were talking about GTA IV in the Mafia II topic I thought this would be useful for people who are planning to buy GTA IV. This is old news but not everyone saw this before.

I got all the information from Wikipedia.
http://www.answers.com/topic/grand-theft-auto-iv?cat=entertainment

Differences from previous Grand Theft Auto games


  • The May 2007 issue of Game Informer reveals that after the initial load sequence, no such occurrences persist when entering/exiting buildings or crossing islands. The extent of the loadtime-free expectation in the game has also been commented on, when a Rockstar spokesperson claimed: "You can basically play the game from beginning to end without a single load screen."



  • The player will not be able to fly aeroplanes, unlike some previous instalments of the Grand Theft Auto series. Helicopters, however, will be flyable onto any building rooftop. There is also a confirmed airport.



  • Details are also revealed that demonstrate how variations in the terrain cause the way the character walks to change. The way the player moves is controlled by a physics engine instead of purely pre-written animations, therefore enabling character movements to be more realistic. Rockstar Games announced that Euphoria by NaturalMotion would be used in future Rockstar titles in a press release that accompanied the second trailer, confirming that Euphoria would indeed be used in the game.



  • The player will also be able to perform a variety of new actions such as climbing telephone poles, fire escapes and pushing people who bump into him, and calling a woman for a date. When selecting the mobile phone, a zoomed-in version of the mobile screen pops up in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen and a list of several commands are made available to the player, such as "meet me here," etc.



  • Bellic’s outfit can be changed throughout the game; however, it will not be possible to customize his physique or hairstyle as in San Andreas.



  • Stealing a parked car can no longer be done simply by opening the door and driving off. Now it involves Niko approaching the car unnoticed, breaking the glass with his elbow, before hot-wiring it - only then can he use it. Also, there will be several animation variations to sneaking up to a car and breaking it. The way Niko enters the car would look different each time depending where and how he is in relation to the car. Because of the NaturalMotion system used in the game, the way the character will approach the car will be completely random. The trunks of cars will also be utilised by the player, though specific details are unknown. Furthermore, players will be able to choose from four different camera views whilst in a car according to their needs. The player will also be able to control vehicles such as boats and helicopters.



  • The Police AI and star wanted levels now operate differently. When the police are in search of Niko, the player will now have to avoid a certain radius marked on the map in which the police will be looking for him. The size of this radius will increase with the player's wanted level (the more stars, the bigger the radius) and also re-centres itself on Niko's location if he is spotted by the police. Instead of utilising the 'Pay'N'Spray' as in previous games, Niko can now more realistically disguise himself by clandestinely changing vehicles in empty areas such as parking garages, a feature seen in the video game Mafia. Additionally, pedestrians can now report crimes such as car-jacking.



  • When Niko pulls out a weapon, the camera positions itself above his shoulder, and a view-finder appears at the centre of the screen. It's possible to lock a target and move laterally to avoid incoming shots. Hand to hand combat is also being reworked, and will feel "much more natural" than before.



  • The gunfight system has been reworked to feel natural by utilising a Gears of War-style cover system, reason being that the combat system in previous games were awkward and cumbersome.



  • Niko will be able to travel around the city in buses, taxis and trains. Bus timings can be viewable at bus stops although nothing else has been confirmed. While in a taxi Niko can pay the driver more to go faster, or he can just listen to the radio and watch the city go past.



  • It has been revealed that every street in the game will have a name for the reason that some missions will require the player to go to a specific address.



  • In addition to the mobile phone, Rockstar has revealed that the player will also make use of the Internet as a means of communication. Although the exact details of the role of the Internet in the game are being kept under wraps, it has been revealed in a GamesTM Magazine article that Niko can access the web from various cybercafes (one of which is called "TW@") in order to upload his resume for prospective employers


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Re: Grand Theft Auto IV: What's Different

Post by xDanny123x on Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:47 pm

I heard GTA 4 was going to start at liberty city (where its also at GTA 3 and GTA LCS)

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Post by kidcash37 on Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:52 pm

dat liberty city is gonna look like ny.
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Post by xDanny123x on Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:53 pm

I know but when is it coming out?

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Post by kidcash37 on Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:56 pm

april from da last i heared im not sure.
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Post by xDanny123x on Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:57 pm

damn I need a ps3 or a 360

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Post by havoc802 on Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:02 pm

360 goodjob2

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Post by Guitar_Master on Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:03 pm

havoc802 wrote:360 goodjob2
yes but i got ps3
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Post by xDanny123x on Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:04 pm

well I might get a ps3

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Post by kidcash37 on Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:09 pm

i like ps3 better and da internet is free un like 360 .
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Post by xDanny123x on Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:10 pm

yeah so I'll get a ps3

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Re: Grand Theft Auto IV: What's Different

Post by havoc802 on Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:31 pm

kidcash37 wrote:i like ps3 better and da internet is free un like 360 .

its free but its crap compared to xbox live, and xbox live has way more games than ps3 too.

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Post by Vash403 on Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:45 pm

W8 how is the internet exactly on the Ps3 cause iv had experience on the 360
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Re: Grand Theft Auto IV: What's Different

Post by kidcash37 on Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:50 pm

but ps3 less likley to over heat 360 overheats even wit da intercooler and ps3 has betta graphics 4 certain games and ps3 could update 360 cant and 360 falls down very easy standing up vertically.
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Post by Guitar_Master on Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:22 am

kidcash37 wrote:but ps3 less likley to over heat 360 overheats even wit da intercooler and ps3 has betta graphics 4 certain games and ps3 could update 360 cant and 360 falls down very easy standing up vertically.
the ps3 can stay on for about a 3 week without turning it off but it needs alot of space my friends cuzin did that and it havnt overheat goodjob2
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Post by Guest on Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:34 am

i want a ps3, but i cant afford!! is it comin out for pc?
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Post by havoc802 on Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:35 am

calumrulez wrote:i want a ps3, but i cant afford!! is it comin out for pc?

i only heard about ps3 and 360, but its possible. Every other gta game came out on pc. you will need some solid comuter to run that game.

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Post by Guest on Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:38 am

well ive got a laptop lol, so tht probz wont work lol
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Post by K@R10$ M33 on Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:03 pm

im buying GTA IV and mafia 2, i never heard of the mafia series but from what ive seen it looks like a good game. the star wanted thing changed, thats cool. now it will be like Scarface: the world is yours except you wont be "fucked" when the DEA comes lmao.

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Post by Guest on Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:06 pm

K@R10$ wrote:im buying GTA IV and mafia 2, i never heard of the mafia series but from what ive seen it looks like a good game. the star wanted thing changed, thats cool. now it will be like Scarface: the world is yours except you wont be "fucked" when the DEA comes lmao.


haha lmao
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Post by danielpain on Sun Feb 17, 2008 3:37 pm

yeaaa i have ps3 i willl get that game cheers

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Post by Guest on Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:43 pm

danielpain wrote:yeaaa i have ps3 i willl get that game cheers

lucky git!! lol Very Happy
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Post by Vash403 on Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:24 pm

K@R10$ wrote:im buying GTA IV and mafia 2, i never heard of the mafia series but from what ive seen it looks like a good game. the star wanted thing changed, thats cool. now it will be like Scarface: the world is yours except you wont be "fucked" when the DEA comes lmao.
Ya the mafia series looks cool
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Post by danielpain on Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:02 am

the game really i want to buy is MGS4 cheers

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Post by K@R10$ M33 on Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:57 am

danielpain wrote:the game really i want to buy is MGS4 cheers

yeah!!!! cheers king guns

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